I'll be talking about the book at the upcoming Stoicon 2022, on October 29, during the panel for discussion for authors of new books about Stoicism. Please sign up for Stoicon 2022 here. Registration is free.
I am thrilled to have been part of another project that will further the study of Stoicism and the practical application of philosophy. This volume was underwritten by the generosity of a patron of philosophy and Stoicism, who would prefer to remain anonymous. Profits from sales of this book will go to supporting the ongoing work of the Modern Stoicism organization.
In recent years, the ancient philosophy of Stoicism has made a terrific impression on modern minds. This short, accessible volume represents some of the best writing available on modern Stoicism from the popular Stoicism Today blog. Books of essays have something for everyone, and this volume is no exception - from using Stoic philosophy to escape time or to change your ultimate view of reality, to facing pain and death, to dealing with difficult modern problems like demanding coworkers, being a “loser,” drudgery and bullying, this philosophy for hard times surely shines in many situations.
Other contributions describing the ancient Stoic philosophers’ experiences of exile, facing hard truths, or laying down burdens to experience true joy, inspire us to virtue and invite us to become more courageous. Still more authors explore how to practice Stoicism when it doesn’t come easily, Stoic ideas applied to our roles and family relationships, Stoicism and mindfulness, moderation with food and eating, Stoicism and Internet memes, and Stoic 18th century monarchs. Another meaningful section of the book deals with Stoic philosophy as it relates to emotions, therapy, anger management, trauma and mental health.
There are also some controversies that the Stoic community debated revolving around Jordan Peterson, as well as the problem of whether people commit evil acts from ignorance or malice. Finally, a multi-author symposium deals with whether Stoic philosophy is equally useful to both men and women. No matter where your interests lie, this fourth, curated volume in the Stoicism Today series is certain to appeal.